The Most Powerful People In Aussie Music For 2015, According To AMID

The Most Powerful People In Aussie Music For 2015, According To AMID

It’s been a huge year for Australian music, with the industry’s power players being shuffled around as some festivals succeeded, some festivals failed, triple j‘s influence grew and Courtney Barnett conquered the universe. With that in mind, the Australian Music Industry Directory (AMID) has announced its full ‘Power 50‘ for 2015, ranking the most powerful peeps in the Aussie music biz from 50 right through to this year’s all-powerful winner, triple j‘s Music Director Richard…

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Armed Cloud, Obsidian Desert, 2015

Another new record company has entered the market, Maxxive Records, and this is one of their first releases. The press sheet mentions that Maxxive has a new concept for beginning bands and that means not handing out money, but help them lower costs for releasing their first album. More about that on their website. Armed Cloud is a Dutch progressive metal combo and the album became available on May 9. For the mix Christian Moos…

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Yagull, Kai, 2015

Well, this release of MoonJune certainly turned out to be surprising. Whereas most of their releases are in the Jazz, Fusion, Prog field or a combination of those, this release is something completely different. Based around Sasha Markovic on guitar, bass and percussion, and Kana Kamitsubo on piano, Kai is a very intimate sounding album that is simply wonderful from start to finish. Some songs have guests that are familiar MoonJune names, but centre stage…

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The Lazys, Self Titled, 2015

Ah yes, this is familiar ground for French label Bad Reputation. This is a band from Australia, and they play rock. So you can bet that AC/DC is named in the press info. But when that is followed by the likes of The Saints, Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel, expectations are raised… First track Show Me What You’re Made Of is your usual suspect. It is obviously meant to party to and does the trick….

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Xadu, Random Abstract, 2015

Xadu is a new project involving 2 already familiar names from the Moonjune Records roster: Xavi Reija (drums) and Dusan Jevtovic (guitar).  And I must say, if ever there was an album title that covers its contents well, than this must be the one. Site regulars will already know that this are 2 players with exceptional skills. And this time they have managed to stretch even more borders if you ask me. Of course they…

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Uriah Heep, Outsider, 2014

One of my favourite bands of all time have released another album, last years’ Outsider. And while some bands are good because they keep evolving, Heep are good because you always know what you are going to get. Okay, this might be the first album to feature new bass player Dave Rimmer (RIP Trevor Bolder), all the band typicals are present. Guitar and wah solos by wizard Mick Box, screaming hammonds by Phil Lanzon, steady…

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Playlist: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Top 100 Songs of 1981 (Minus the 1 that’s not on Spotify)

[tweetmeme]To coincide with our just-posted Top 100 songs of 1981 readers poll results, we’ve created this accompanying Spotify playlist. As you can see (and hear), the playlist is bookended by Depeche Mode, with “Just Can’t Get Enough” at No. 1 and “Photographic” at No. 100, and 97 songs in between. What’s missing? Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” which isn’t on Spotify. Oh, and, no, The Specials’ “Ghost Town” isn’t on here twice. RELATED:…

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Playlist: Sirius XM’s ‘Dark Wave’ — hosted by Slicing Up Eyeballs (4/19/15)

[tweetmeme]Tonight’s edition of “Dark Wave” — the Sunday night celebration of the “darker side of classic alternative” on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave — featured music by The Cure, John Foxx, Death Cult, Tones on Tail, Front 242, Oppenheimer Analysis, Virgin Prunes, Front Line Assembly,  English Boy on the Loveranch, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry and more. “Dark Wave,” hosted by Slicing Up Eyeballs founder/editor Matt Sebastian, airs every Sunday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern…

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